Corps of Engineers Starts Planting Along Fremont Cut Colonnade

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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Seattle District, will begin planting 40 poplar trees along the Fremont Cut of the Lake Washington Ship Canal in Seattle April 23.

We are excited to enter into the planting portion of phase two of the Fremont Cut rehabilitation plan

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Seattle District, will begin planting 40 poplar trees along the Fremont Cut of the Lake Washington Ship Canal in Seattle April 23.

The garden staff from the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks will plant 20 poplar trees next to the Burke-Gilman Trail (Fremont) and the other 20 next to the South Ship Canal Trail (Queen Anne/Magnolia). There will be minor impacts, but no closures, to the Burke-Gilman Trail during the planting process.

“We are excited to enter into the planting portion of phase two of the Fremont Cut rehabilitation plan,” said Dru Butterfield, Natural Resources manager for the Lake Washington Ship Canal. “The poplar trees are 12-feet tall and typically grow 2-3 feet per year.”

In addition to planting 40 poplar trees, the Corps will plant 400 understory plants and shrubs in the fall.    

The Fremont Cut rehabilitation plan is broken into four phases, which are spread out through 2030. Phase three is scheduled to start in 2018.

The Corps undertook an extensive coordination process regarding the plan with federal, state, local, Tribal, business, community groups and interested members of the public in 2000 and 2001. The Corps received federal concurrence from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the National Marine Fisheries Service and the State Historic Preservation Office.

The Corps’ plan is to restore the aging poplar colonnade in a historically appropriate manner and to replant shrubs and ground covers that have been lost over time. The plan is a comprehensive, practical and environmentally sensitive plan to guide the Corps’ management activities.

Current information about activities at the locks can be found at: http://www.nws.usace.army.mil, select "Dams and Locks" then "Lake Washington Ship Canal" from the leftmost column.

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